Download the new More Than a Score Book, Beyond the Exam Factory
We know that assessment in English schools is not designed to help children learn.
Its main purpose is to police schools and teachers, and it does untold damage in the process. It causes stress to children, depresses teachers, and provides little useful information to parents. It narrows the curriculum and penalises schools in the most disadvantaged areas.
This book was put together to open up real alternatives.
It draws on a wealth of experience and expertise over many decades, in England and internationally. It presents examples of a wide range of assessment methods which actually support students’ learning, rather than constraining it.
Primary schools are a particular focus, given the current crisis, but examples come from – and are relevant to – all age groups.
We hope it will lead to widespread discussion among teachers and heads, parents, school governors, politicians and the general public.
You can read this important new book by downloading it here: Beyond-the-exam-factory.pdf
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Add your signature to the thousands who have already signed More Than a Score member Let Our Kids be Kids’ petition to suspend SATs in 2017 here
Parental Action in 2017
On the 3rd May 2016 thousands of parents removed their children from school to protest against the impact of national testing on primary education. The Government has since; scrapped Baseline assessment in Reception; held back from introducing new multiplication tests for 2017 and SATs resits for vulnerable Year 7 pupils; the Education Select Committee is currently chairing an independent review into Primary Assessment and the Government themselves are about to announce the results of their own review into Assessment.
This year, parents are considering boycotting the SATs. To find out more about what action different groups of parents across the country are taking and to access a shared template letter for parents to send to their child’s school to encourage an open debate between schools and parents about the impact and consequences of SATs and teaching to the test, please visit the Let Our Kids be Kids (LOKBK) website or join the discussion on the Rescue Our Schools, MTAS or LOKBK Facebook pages.